The Scientific Method

May 20th, 2011

Over on his blog, Jay Lake posted a link to this flowchart showing the scientific process. LOVE IT! It’s funny because it’s true… Every astronomer I’ve shared it with has loved it (one I overheard laughing out loud two offices away). And I just finished working on a NASA proposal to study the hot dust around quasars, and went through much of the flowchart this week. I not only managed to submit the proposal before the deadline, it looks like the preliminary work is very publishable, although a couple of times I was sure I’d found a paper that had already discovered the effect (“F F F F F FF UU U U U U U…”). Next week’s task, that paper, if I’m not taken up in the rapture tomorrow. I’m going to drink a lot, so I might not know for sure until Sunday…


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